With that in mind here is my behind-the-scenes from yesterday's post, Pen Pals.
It has been a while since the boys crafted so that part went well. The problem began when Sun Kissed Boy #1 started writing the letter.
Me: Use your good handwriting. Make sure you capitalize at the beginning of the sentence and put a period at the end.
SKB #1: Yes, mom. [Annoyed sigh, already]
Me: Tell the cousins what your favorite things are, books, movies, foods, TV Shows. Then ask your brothers their favorites and write those.
[SKB #1 writes silently for a little bit. Then talks as he writes.]
SKB #1: My favorite TV show is "Curb Your Enthusiasm".
Me: Really. Curb Your Enthusiasm, really? You know you're not allowed to watch that show. You've never seen the show. You've seen a preview, what, once?
SKB #1: But it IS my favorite!
Me: Why don't you write your real favorite show. Phineas and Ferb, Wizards of Waverly Place, one of those.
SKB #1: But Curb Your Enthusiasm is my very favorite.
Me: [Frustration quickly invading my body] Fine! You know what? Why don't you write the cousins this, "Hi, I'm your cousin from Florida. I'm a liar! I'm a big, fat, liar!" You might as well say that because you don't watch Curb Your Enthusiasm and you're telling them you do.
SKB #1: [Defeated and frustrated all at once] Ok. My favorite TV show is Phineas and Ferb.
SKB #1 to SKB #2: Who's your favorite singer?
SKB #2: Justin Bieber.
SKB #1: Ok, I'm not gonna write that. They'll think he's gay.
Me: What?! They will not?! That does not! What are you talking about?!
SKB #1: Boys don't like Justin Bieber.
SKB #2: Yes, I do! I'm a boy!
Me: [Not wanting to get into a "gay" discussion in front of my 4 and 5 year olds.] I will talk to you about that later. For now HE likes Justin, NOW WRITE IT!
SKB #1: But Justin Bieber sucks.
Me in my head: He sings better than you!
Me to SKB #1: Give me the letter. I'll finish it.
SKB #1: Ok, ok. I'll write it.
Here's the best thing I did that afternoon, I walked away. Sometimes that's the best choice instead of getting frustrated and letting my 9-year-old push my buttons. I'm hoping he didn't tell the cousins he invented the Internet.
See? Isn't seeing the highlight reel a lot better?